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Kumar Sangakkara chosen by Wisden as Leading Cricketer in the World plus One of Five Cricketers of the Year for 2011

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Double ... Sangakkara becomes the first man to receive both awards

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has been chosen as both one of the Five Cricketers of the Year and the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2011 in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, it was announced on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Sangakkara, one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation and for much of his career a top-class wicketkeeper as well, became the first man to receive both awards since Wisden, ‘cricket’s bible’, started naming a leading cricketer of the year in 2004, Times of India reported.

In 2011, no-one else came close to the 2,267 runs Sangakkara scored in all international cricket, and he is now the only man to have topped 1,000 runs in Tests and one-day internationals in a single year on three separate occasions.

The left-hander also captained Sri Lanka to the World Cup final, where they were beaten by co-hosts India in Mumbai.

Off the field, he also received worldwide praise for giving a deeply heartfelt MCC Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s which caused shockwaves in his homeland when he called for the end of political interference in Sri Lankan cricket.

Sangakkara’s career Test record of over 9,000 runs in 108 matches with 28 hundreds at an average of nearly 55 stands comparison with all but a handful of cricket’s greatest batsmen.

Wisden, published every year since 1864, is widely regarded as cricket’s leading reference work.

The Five Cricketers of the Year, chosen solely by the editor of Wisden — the 2012 edition is English cricket journalist’s Lawrence Booth’s first as editor — is an award that dates back to 1889.

Among the other four recipients for their performances in 2011 were the England Test duo of run-hungry opener Alastair Cook, who made 294 against India at Edgbaston, and pace bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan, yet to be on the losing side in a Test match.

Lancashire captain Glen Chapple was also honoured after leading the Old Trafford-based club to their first outright County Championship title in 77 years, as was fellow seamer Alan Richardson, who took 73 First Division wickets to help Worcestershire avoid relegation.

No one can be chosen as one of the Cricketers of the Year, based primarily on a player’s influence upon the previous English season, more than once

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  1. Well done Sanga….!!! Idiots in SL Cricket Administration who cannot even imagine of somethings like these must be feeling utter jealous.. 🙂 I would never be surprised if they said “Sanga achieved all these awards by betraying country to sudda fellows” hehehe. This is the type of era we’re passing in these days… Real threats and fake threats come together sandwiched in the same lunch we eat, so people swallow them without seeing what’s inside actually.

  2. Dear Sanga

    You have made us Proud by becoming one of the greatest players of our region(Tamil/Sinhala). As a Tamil I am proud that you alongwith Murali and less celebrated Chaminda are probably few of the finest cricketers of our region(Tamil/Sinhala).

    I am not empowered but still I feel you must honoured by Tamil Nadu Govt(alongwith one more athelete Susanthika Jayasinghe) for your wonderful achievements in sports and setting example for our future generation.

    God bless you!


  3. Congratulations Sanga
    First cricketer ever to get two awards from Wisden in the same year. He is also a great intellectual and great ambassador to the game of cricket and a moderate Sri Lanka. A role model for young cricketers all over the world and a role model for future generation of Sri Lankans

    Sure the regime will exploit this award to their own benefits.

    Hope he does not follow the famous cricketer in to politics.

  4. congrats sangakkara he has always been one of the outstanding batsmen srilanka has produced.keep it up and i as a cricket fan hope that srilanka continues to produce cricketers like sangakkara.

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